With a keen sense of the inherent problems often encountered in communication between artist and viewer, New York-based artist Dave McKenzie uses both objects and actions to bridge the divide. Using sculptures or paintings as modest proposals—meet for dinner, be in a specific place at a specific time, or, simply join him in conversation—McKenzie transforms everyday interpersonal activities into artworks. Primarily existing without either documentation or even an audience, these actions are often, as the artist puts it, “critical of the fact that, for the most part, we are totally oblivious to one another.”
While the traditional exhibition format can be seen as an unfolding through space during a fixed time, McKenzie’s exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum will unfold over time in a variety of spaces. Combining an exhibition in the museum’s lower gallery, the creation of a float for Aspen’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, and other actions, McKenzie’s exhibition will emphasize his interest in returning, revisiting, and addressing the temporal aspects of all relationships.